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Learning Specialist-STEAM/Science Leader 2023

Job posted: 02/08/2022
Applications close: 15/08/2022 (Midnight)
1 day remaining

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Job Description

Location: Western Region | Melton

Job type: Full time / From 27/01/2023 - 27/01/2026

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1289506

Reference: 1289506

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Western Region | Melton

Selection Criteria

SC1      Demonstrated expert knowledge of the relevant curriculum. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage the implementation of school priorities, and the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum.

SC2      Demonstrated ability to lead the planning and implementation of high impact teaching strategies that respond to student learning needs. Demonstrated ability to support teachers to evaluate the impact of learning and teaching programs on student learning growth.

SC3      Demonstrated exemplary ability to monitor and assess student learning at a class, cohort or whole-school level and use this data to lead improvement initiatives. Demonstrated ability to support others in using data to inform teaching practice and to provide feedback on student learning growth and achievement to students and parents.

SC4      Demonstrated exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to lead collaborative relationships with students, colleagues, parents and the broader school community focused on student learning, agency, wellbeing and engagement.

SC5      Demonstrated ability to model behaviours and attitudes consistent with Department values and support colleagues to adopt these behaviours and attitudes. Demonstrated ability to reflect upon their own, others and whole-school practice and contribute to the provision of whole-school professional learning.

SC6     Demonstrated capacity to lead whole school STEAM.

Role

Learning Specialists will be highly skilled classroom practitioners who continue to spend the majority of their time in the classroom delivering high-quality teaching and learning and have a range of responsibilities related to their expertise, including teaching demonstration lessons, observing and providing feedback to other teachers and facilitating school-based professional learning.  Learning Specialists are expected to have deep knowledge and expertise in high quality teaching and learning in delivering improved achievement, engagement and wellbeing for students. The role of the Learning Specialist will be to model excellence in teaching and learning through demonstration lessons and, mentoring and coaching teachers in improving the skill, knowledge and effectiveness of the teaching workforce.

The Learning Specialist role is aimed at building excellence in teaching and learning within the Teaching Service.

Responsibilities

In recognition of the importance of exemplary practice for improved student learning outcomes, the key roles of the Learning Specialists may include but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrating high-level expertise in teaching and learning practice
  • Modelling exemplary classroom practice including through teaching demonstration lessons
  • Working with the school leadership team to develop a shared view of highly effective teacher practice
  • Leading and modelling the implementation of whole-school improvement strategies related to curriculum planning and delivery
  • Playing a key role in the provision of professional learning, including through developing processes and protocols for observation and feedback of teacher practice and peer collaboration
  • Modelling effective learning practice and supporting teachers to seek, analyse and act on feedback and on their practice
  • Providing evidence-based feedback to teaching staff to inform their effectiveness and development
  • Providing expert advice about the context, processes and strategies that will shape individual and school professional learning
  • Supervising and training one or more student teachers and mentoring and/or coaching teachers
  • Modelling exemplary use of student data to inform teaching approaches
  • Developing and promoting school-wide professional learning structures, processes and protocols through Professional Learning Communities
  • Modelling exemplary professional learning practice included through seeking feedback from other teachers and leaders on their own classroom practice as part of critical reflection and inquiry to improve practice

Who May Apply

Teachers currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and qualified to teach and/or have demonstrated experience in the curriculum area(s) specified for the position.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Other Information

Our college’s core principle is to provide students with an education that fosters personal, academic, and social development and provides access to fulfilling post school options.

General Description:

The STEAM/Science Leader will be responsible and accountable to the College Principal Team. They will provide leadership, information, direction, and support to the College Council, teaching staff and College community in relation to programs and practice for their team.

In liaison with the College Executive Team and in accordance with College’s policies, Strategic Plan and Annual Implementation Plan the STEAM/Science Leader will lead and manage the provision of support for staff learning and student curriculum and programs within the College. This position seeks to support effective teaching and learning by ensuring that assistance is available to Staff at all levels and that where difficulties arise a coordinated approach to their support is employed.

The primary responsibility is to coordinate, manage, and monitor the provision of a range of programs supporting the provision and STEAM/Science in the College. The leadership focus would be to facilitate forward planning and to develop a team-oriented approach in serving the needs of staff and students – improving levels of expectation and aspiration are critical.

The STEAM/Science Leader will provide advice to the College Principal Team and Leadership Team where appropriate, regarding requirements and strategies for improvement.

The STEAM/Science Leader will exercise judgment and initiative in assisting to resolve problems identified or referred by staff to ensure that policies and procedures are followed, and standards maintained. This would be exercised within the broad policy of the College and under the broad supervision of the College’s Executive Team.

Together, with the Educational Leaders in Teaching and Learning, they will form a management and administrative team in which duties are negotiated with the Principal Team and are shared according to the needs of the College and interests of the personnel involved.

The STEAM/Science Leader reports to the Curriculum Assistant Principal

It is expected that the person appointed to a leadership position will negotiate with the College Executive Team the emphases required. These specific responsibility allocations will enable us the flexibility to provide appropriate experience to Leaders over time. However, there are some typical duties expected to be undertaken.

Typical Duties include:

STEAM

  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement in one’s own practice as both a teacher and an educational leader and assist others in their professional growth
  • Leading and managing the implementation of whole school improvement initiatives related to the school strategic plan and school priorities.
  • Designing, implementing, and reviewing the STEAM initiative.
  • Establishing a team to support the initiative across curriculum areas and throughout the whole school.
  • Overseeing a budget to support the implementation and resourcing of the STEAM initiative.
  • Leading and managing the provision of professional development and develop individual and team plans that relate to the implementation of STEAM.
  • Modelling exemplary classroom practice including teacher demonstration lessons and working with relevant classroom teachers to deliver the STEAM curriculum.
  • Providing expert advice about the content, processes and strategies that will shape individual and school professional learning in STEAM.
  • Developing and reinforcing a culture and expectation that every child can make progress in STEAM.
  • Consulting with the curriculum committee members to review and develop resources and units of work relevant to STEAM.
  • Working with the school leadership team to develop a shared understanding of the importance of teaching STEAM.
  • Leading and modelling the implementation of whole school improvement strategies related to STEAM planning, delivery, and instruction.
  • Supporting teachers to analyse and act upon feedback in STEAM.
  • Initiate STEAM opportunities for female students.
  • Investigate and initiate opportunities for students to compete in STEAM competitions both locally and state-wide.
  • To convene regular meetings of relevant groups.
  • Represent the College at appropriate events in a professional manner.

Science

  • Lead the implementation of current pedagogy and curriculum practice.
  • Take responsibility for leadership and management of the Learning Area.
  • Take responsibility for the promotion of the Learning Area at events such as Open Night, Awards Night, and Information Nights.
  • Ensure that program budgets are developed, professionally managed, and evaluated.
  • Lead the team of staff in the Learning Area to work together to review their practice and their teaching program in PLTs throughout the year.
  • Ensure curriculum resources are allocated equitably and housed appropriately.
  • Foster a positive community perception of the Learning Area.
  • Ensure all Learning Area members are actively involved in curriculum development.
  • Ensure that the units of study are documented, continually evaluated, and placed on the school drive.
  • Review the performance of a group of staff as part of the P & D process.
  • Other duties as allocated by the Principal.

Applications must include:

  1. A cover sheet providing contact information including home address, email and phone number.
  2. A CV with a summary of experience and qualifications.
  3. Specific Key Selection Criteria response.
  4. The names, email addresses and contact details for three referees.

For ease of handling by the school, all documents (cover letter, cv and key selection criteria responses) can be saved as one pdf and uploaded to Recruitment on Line.  Please also ensure that your name is included in the header of each document.

All applicants should ensure that their personal profile on Recruitment Online is up to date.

Applicants seeking further information about the College or this position, are encouraged to contact the Principal, Mr John Mitsinikos, prior to the closing date of applications. Please contact the General Office on 03 9743 9211 or email kurunjang.sc@education.vic.gov.au

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

VIT LANTITE

To be eligible for employment, transfer or promotion in the principal or teacher class a person must have provisional or full registration from the Victorian Institute of Teaching. In addition, from 3 August 2020, to be eligible for employment in the principal class or teacher class, a person who graduated from a Victorian Initial Teacher Education program after 1 July 2016, must demonstrate that they have passed the literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE) requirements. This condition is satisfied where the LANTITE requirement is part of the Victorian Initial Teacher Education program completed by the person.

Vaccination Requirement

For positions in special settings, a person is not eligible for employment unless they meet the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Kurunjang Secondary College Profile:

Kurunjang Secondary College is a stand-alone Years 7 to 12 college with a current population of over 955 students.
It is situated in the Western Metropolitan suburb of Melton, Victoria.
The school is in the first year of its Strategic Plan period. The college community is committed to a shared vision of, Learn, Grow, Achieve Together. The focus is on enhancing student outcomes, particularly in the areas of literacy and numeracy. In addition, our plan is to improve results in our VCE student outcomes and increase the participation of students into tertiary, particularly university, education. This plan is informed by our work in Effective Teaching and Learning, Coaching, the use of a consistent teaching schema, called the Effective Learning Framework (E.L.F), and collaboration through a variety of Professional Learning Teams (PLTs).

Kurunjang Secondary College Values are:
- Achievement
- Respect
- Responsibility

Kurunjang Secondary College Vision:
Our vision for the college not only outlines where we hope to see ourselves in the future, but also comprises a declaration of our high-level goals. We have chosen the following statement as our vision at Kurunjang Secondary College: Achieve success for our community through respect, responsibility and collaboration.


Kurunjang Secondary College's Core Purposes:
The College has a whole school literacy program through Years 7 – 9 called the Kurunjang Literacy Program (KLP)

The AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program has expanded to include Years 7 to 10 AVID Elective, Years 7 and 8 Student Success, as well as a whole school approach to Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organisation, and Reading (W.I.C.O.R).

A range of support programs are in place to ensure that the educational, social, and emotional needs of students are met.
The college is structured into sub schools; vertical teams in Years 7-10 and horizontal teams in the Senior School. Each with a dedicated team comprising of an Assistant Principal, Lead Teacher and Co-Coordinators.

Years 10, 11 & 12 subjects are blocked together giving students the opportunity to accelerate into VCE subjects whilst in Year 10 and Year 11. Kurunjang Secondary College students can access a wide variety of VET subjects through the Western Edge Cluster of Melton schools.

Kurunjang Secondary College is a School Wide Positive Behaviours (S.W.P.B) school with a designated Behaviour Matrix linked to the college values.

The successful applicant needs to demonstrate capacity to continue to develop a united vision and direction for Kurunjang Secondary College relating to building a culture of cooperation, perseverance and high expectations. The college has three assistant principals that work closely with the principal as a highly effective and united team on a whole school improvement strategy.

Kurunjang Secondary College's Child Safety Code of Conduct:

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment in accordance with their legal obligations including the Child Safe Standards. Kurunjang Secondary College’s Child Safety Code of Conduct is available on the school’s website. All successful candidates will be required to provide documentation outlining suitability to working with children.

This organisation promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children, including those with a disability. Kurunjang Secondary College also promotes the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal children, and encourages applications from Aboriginal peoples. This organisation promotes the safety and wellbeing of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and encourages applications from people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse background.

Applicants are welcome to elaborate on experience they may have working with Aboriginal children and/or communities, children with disabilities and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.

More detailed information about the school, its ethos, programs, strategic plan 2022-2026, vision and values can be found on our website www.kurunjangsc.vic.edu.au

Learning Specialist-STEAM/Science Leader 2023

Job type:

Full time / From 27/01/2023 - 27/01/2026

Job classification:

Not provided

Contact:

John Mitsinikos | 03 9743 9211

Learning Specialist-STEAM/Science Leader 2023